Why Does My AC Turn On and Off so Frequently?

Why Does My AC Turn On and Off so Frequently?

If your air conditioner is shutting on and off frequently, your system is suffering from two dreaded words: short cycling. Every air conditioning system runs on something known as the refrigerant cycle, which works to bring heat out while simultaneously bringing cool air in on a set cycle. However, this process can be disrupted and cause your system to short cycle. Luckily, short cycling is usually an easy fix! Here are some of the possible culprits causing your AC to short cycle:

An Electrical Problem

Electrical problems are a common cause of short cycling. Often times, there may be an issue with the electrical supply line or the capacitor could be broken. Because there are numerous electrical issues that could be causing your air conditioning system to short cycle, it’s a good idea to call a professional. Electrical problems are not only difficult to diagnose, but diagnosing an electrical problem can be dangerous for even the most knowledgeable homeowners, so be sure to get professional assistance.

An Issue With the Thermostat

If your air conditioning system is short cycling, check the thermostat. While the thermostat may seem like one small component of your entire system, this little device controls the entire temperature of your home, so it’s important that it functions properly. If the thermostat is not sensing the temperature accurately and communicates misinformation, it will signal the air conditioning system to start and stop frequently. Try restarting the thermostat or call an HVAC professional to diagnose any thermostat issue.

The AC System Is the Wrong Size

Whenever an air conditioning system is installed, there’s always a possibility that the system could be installed or sized incorrectly. When a system isn’t correctly installed and sized, big problems are on the horizon. A system that is too large or too small won’t have an appropriate refrigerant cycle and will face numerous problems, like being too hot or too cold and turning on and off constantly. Not only are these issues inconvenient, but they can cause bigger problems for your home. If you suspect this is the issue you’re having, contact an AC professional today.

Call the Professionals at Engineered Air

At Engineered Air, we want your home to feel comfortable year round, which is why we offer an extensive list of both products and services. If your air conditioning system is short cycling, give us a call today. One of our experienced technicians will diagnose and assess any problems with your AC right away. To learn more about Engineered Air and how we can help your home feel its best, contact us today.